CHP: Driver in fatal crash was high on Meth

Posted: 7th September 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized

A Santa Maria man who was killed in a July 23 vehicle collision that also involved the wife and son of congressional candidate Abel Maldonado was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the wreck.

Joseph Scheurn, 32, tested positive for a substantial quantity of methamphetamine, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Chuck Jones on Thursday.

A reportable amount of methamphetamine in someone’s blood can be measured starting at 5 nanograms per milliliter, Jones said, and Scheurn’s blood had 830 nanograms per milliliter.

Neither other illegal substances nor alcohol were found in Scheurn’s system, according to Jones.

Scheurn caused the

July 23 wreck when his 1985 Honda Accord didn’t stop fully at the intersection of Foxen Canyon and Dominion roads east of Santa Maria, according to the CHP.

The Honda was northbound on Dominion approaching Foxen Canyon when Scheurn apparently failed to stop safely at a stop sign and drove in front of a Cadillac Escalade driven eastbound on Foxen Canyon by Laura Maldonado, 45, of Santa Maria, according to the CHP.

She and her passenger, son Nicholas Maldonado, who is about 16, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

CHP investigators found the brakes on Scheurn’s car weren’t functioning properly and prevented the car from slowing properly.

Jones said the CHP officer assigned to the case will be completing a supplemental report based on the finding that Scheurn was under the influence of an illegal drug.

“It just adds another aspect do it,” Jones added.



  1. Christina says:

    While I understand that meth is no good lets be clear that meth speeds u u but doesn’t cloud ur vision on the road. His children are innocent victims and have lost a parent. My daughter who was 16 when he died does not need to see this.Also the public should know I attempted to reach out to the maldonado family and got no reply.